Ashram eviction: Three of a family 'commit suicide'

  • PTI, Puducherry
  • Updated: Dec 19, 2014 03:26 IST

A day after five sisters from Bihar were evicted by police from the Aurobindo Ashram in Puducherry following a Supreme Court order, two of them and their mother allegedly committed suicide by jumping into the sea on Thursday, police said.

The other three sisters and their father, who also jumped into the sea at Kalapet on the Puducherry-Markanam route, were rescued by local fishermen and are undergoing treatment in the Government General Hospital, police said.

While the sisters were staying in the residential quarters of the Aurobindo Ashram for the past several years, their parents were staying in the town limits.

Kottakuppam sub-inspector MS Subbiah gave the names of the deceased as Shanthidevi (mother-70 years), daughters Arunashri (50) and Rajashree (45). The bodies were found washed ashore in coastal villages of Thandrayanpet and Chinna Mudaliarchavady in neighbouring Tamil Nadu by local fishermen who informed police.

The four rescued persons were identified as Gadadhar Prasad (father-80), and three daughters Jayashree (54), Niveditta (42) and Hemalatha (40).

The dispute between the sisters and the Ashram Trust can be traced to 2002 when the ashram took disciplinary action against Hemalata Prasad for misconduct after an inquiry by a retired District Judge appointed by Madras high court.

The Supreme Court on December 9 directed them to vacate the ashram within a week failing which police should evict them.

The five sisters staged a high drama on Wednesday with one of the climbing up to the top floor declaring that they would all commit suicide if the police evicted them. However, police held talks and managed to shift them before evicting them later in the evening Wednesday.

They along with their parents allegedly struck a suicide pact and proceeded early today to the Kalapet coastal village to execute their plan, police said.

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